With the increase in demanding work and family responsibilities, it is natural to feel stressful.Rather than feeling burdened by stress, try to tackle the problem in front of you. Managing stress is all about taking charge of your thoughts, lifestyle and emotions and how you confront the problem in front of you. No one other than you can control your mind and body. Find out how to deal with stress by reading the following tips…
1. Identify the sources of stress in your life
Whether it is an irritating job or if someone is bothering you too much, it is very important to identify any source that causes stress in your life. Always remember that it is okay to say no if you do not like someone’s presence or are tired of your demanding job you always have the choice of saying no to them or opting out. You cannot change people, but you can definitely change your attitude towards them. Not everyone will understand your journey, but that’s okay because you’re here to live your life not to make everyone understand.
2. Share your feelings
Most of the times we do not show our true feelings outside, we have a habit of keeping things to ourselves and bearing all the pain alone. Having hard feelings for anyone or being frustrated doesn’t do you any good. If you are angry, just let it down to vent your anger, but never keep it with you over the years. It is completely okay to cry your heart out, you can talk to a close friend or consult a therapist. The process of releasing your emotions can be very cathartic.
“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment” – Lau Tzu
Mindful prayer and meditation help the body and mind to relax and focus. Meditation helps you develop forgiveness and self-compassion it also enables you to look at life with a new perspective. In the process of meditating you also discover yourself.
4. Divide and distribute your time effectively
Manage your time effectively and equally. Managing your time poorly can cause you a lot of distress. If you have deadlines and targets to meet, try not to procrastinate by putting things off for the last moment that can actually cause a lot of stress. Do things step by step, follow a systematic approach rather than trying to do everything at once.
5. Practice Yoga or Exercise
It has been scientifically proven that exercise not only benefits your mind, but it also benefits your body as well. You don’t have to invest a lot of time for this, even 30 minutes of jogging, walking, yoga sessions or even cycling in the middle of a stressful time can reap long lasting effects.
6. Do things you love
Trust your instincts and come of out the illusions. Listening to your heart always disappoints you, in the beginning, the initial result is always painful. But all you got to do is wait patiently and let things fall into their right places and you will be glad that you did move one with what your heart said. Follow your innermost desires and do only those things which you love.
7. Do not overburden yourself
Everyone wants everything but not nobody gets everything. Understand and accept the changes which you cannot make. Do not multitask, do one thing at a time, It is okay to be ambitious but do not try to overambitious. Success is not achieved overnight, it’s a slow process and do not try to make ends meet by doing too much of work and forgetting to live your life.
8. Spend time with people you love
There is nothing more relaxing and relieving than spending your time with someone who loves and understands you. Staying connected and spending some quality time with people will not only strengthen your bond but also helps you cope up with one of the toughest times in life. As humans, we were called to help each other and you don’t have to face difficult situations all alone. Often when we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of work we forget to be ourselves. Interacting with people makes you feel loved and accepted. Spend your weekends with your family, accompany them to movies or concerts, these things will surely decrease the amount of stress in your life.
9. Avoid usage of Alcohol
Often when we are burdened by a lot of responsibilities and tensions we tend to consume alcohol thinking that it will help us cope with stress, but it is a completely wrong assumption. Alcohol may provide an easy escape but it gives only a temporary relief. It will not only harm your body but also has the potential to make you addicted to it.
10. Sleep Well
The study suggests that 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night can help you restore your body and mind. Fix a time to sleep, do not try to compromise on your sleep by staying up late and doing your work. Irregular sleep patterns can cause you to feel more tired. In order to stay mentally fit and to be more productive at work, you need to get enough sleep. Sleeping relaxes you down and also reduces stress.
11. Keep Calm and Listen to Music
It has been scientifically proven that listening to pleasurable music releases the neurotransmitter dopamine inside your mind. Dopamine releases mood enhancing chemicals which make you feel good and cheers you up. Music has a tremendously relaxing effect on our bodies and it even decreases the level of stress hormones. Frequently listening to music also has the following benefits such as increasing self-esteem, relieving depression, reducing emotional distress and boosts the quality of life. Soulful music has a healing effect.
12. Follow Healthy Eating Habits
You must be surprised to know that food also a significant role to play when it comes to affecting your stress level. Foods that have a lot of fiber and are rich in carbohydrates provide us the nutrients required to boost our immune system. Our ability to fight diseases are reduced due to chronic stress which eventually weakens our immunity and this can be regained by the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.
13. Watch Comedies
A good day’s laugh increases your life span. Watch or hear things that make you laugh. Laughing helps your body fight stress. Be happy and make others around you happy.
14. Set Your Priorities
If you arrange things according to where they stand in your life, you will not feel stressed out. By doing so you are giving ample time to the things that are very important, and you will able to handle them properly. Maintain a balance between daily responsibilities and social activities.
15. Be Happy and Appreciate the Beauty of Life
We only get to live once, and this lifespan is shorter than you think. Even though there are stressful and demanding situations in life, we should always take time off to be happy and to appreciate the quality of life. So try to be happy with what you have because, at the end, it’s not the number of years in your life, but the life in your years that count. Rather than focusing only on the negatives focus on all the positives.